President Obama called Arizona’s immigration law “misdirected,” and said it’s the federal government’s responsibility to pass what he calls “comprehensive immigration reform. Also, did Tea Partiers in Kentucky send a message to Republican Party leaders in Washington? Did President Obama get a slap from organized labor in Arkansas? Did Democrats in Pennsylvania demonstrate more strength than expected—at the same time showing a preference for new blood as opposed to the old? And on Reporter's Notebook - Is BP coming clean with information on the oil spill and worker safety?
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At the White House today with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, President Obama called Arizona’s immigration law “misdirected,” and said it’s the federal government’s responsibility to pass what he calls “comprehensive immigration reform.” He said that could happen - but that times have changed since Republican John McCain and the late Democrat Ted Kennedy helped move such a bill in the Senate
Mary Beth Sheridan, Washington Post
Yesterday’s primaries in Arkansas, Kentucky and Pennsylvania were billed as bellwethers for the November elections—with the establishments of both parties on the defensive. In Pennsylvania, five-term Senator--and former Republican--Arlen Specter switched parties last year with the endorsement of President Obama. But in yesterday’s Democratic primary, Specter lost.
Dick Polman, Political Writer, Philadelphia Inquirer
Joe Gerth, Political Writer, Louisville Courier-Journal
Janine Parry, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Arkansas
Mark Barabak, Los Angeles Times (@markzbarabak)
Alan Abramowitz, Emory University
In past disasters, including Hurricane Katrina, the federal government was in charge. But this time, BP - the oil giant that owned the Deepwater Horizon oil rig - has been designated the “responsible party.” That’s led to concerns about the flow of information. How big is the Gulf oil spill? How safe are workers trying to plug the broken well in clouds of evaporating crude? BP is the primary source of information about those questions, but is it providing answers to the people who need to know?